April 25, 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival Raises $111K for Children's Hospital

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Canoe Wong Fu earned the title of Grand Champion of the 2nd Annual Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival, Presented by General Shale Brick Saturday, April 19, 2008. 44 teams had a great time paddling in the event and raised $111,448.50 in pledges for the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation to fund lifesaving equipment for the hospital's pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival is organized by Dynamic Events and Management (www.racedragonboats.com), which is the host organizers of the 2010 U.S. National Dragon Boat Racing Championships.

Dragon Boat Padderss at the 2008 Chattanooga Races

Paddlers competing in the April 19 races at the Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival. Photo, courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management.

The top division winners in the final round were:
Gold Division winner: Canoe Wong Fu (Tennessee Valley Canoe Club
Silver Division: Northwest Navigators (Northwest Georgia Bank)
Bronze Division: Southern Champion Tray

A Drummer for the 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Races

Boat Drummer Chattanooga, 2008. Photo, courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management.

Congratulations to the more than 1,000 paddlers who participated and for a great day on the water in front of a crowd of 7,000.

A dragon boat racing team at the 2008 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Races

A dragon boat racing team Chattanooga, 2008. Photo, courtesy of Dynamic Events and Management.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the event incorporated Chinese cultural elements, including performances by the Organization for East Tennessee Chinese and Chinese American Organization. A kids area was be set up with temporary tattoos, a moon walk and balloon animals.

drummer at the 2007 Chattanooga Dragon Boat races

A drummer for a Dragon Boat from the 2007 Chattanooga Festival

You can see more photos of the 2007 Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival at RE Smith Photo.


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